"Please ... Have your pet spayed or neutered. There is no reason for this to happen," the Montevideo Police Department posted on its Facebook page this week. "The dogs will eventually go to a Pit Rescue in the Metro."
The police had already had "11 calls to this residence for other animal complaints" over the past two years. The owners face charges of animal abuse.
The officers added that "We share this to show the types of conditions that ... some puppies are raised in," suggesting that perhaps the owners had been operating an illegal puppy mill and were planning on selling the puppies.